Emancipation exhibit travels to Mountain Gateway
In commemoration of the 1863 signing of the Emancipation Proclamation, a traveling exhibit of illustrated informational panels outlining the struggle for freedom by the enslaved people in North Carolina and the nation is on tour. The "Freedom for All" exhibit will be at the Mountain Gateway Museum Feb. 10 to March 19. The exhibit will travel to state history museums, historic sites, libraries, and other academic and cultural venues through Aug. 10, 2015.
"Freedom for All" conveys how securing freedom was more of a process than a single act or proclamation, and the exhibit highlights North Carolina's unique role in that process," notes Earl Ijames, curator of African-American History at the N.C. Museum of History.
"Freedom for All" focuses on the status of North Carolina before the Civil War, events leading up to Lincoln's issuance of the Preliminary Emancipation Proclamation, and outcomes and results of the document in the state and nation. The exhibit also examines some of the differences between the Preliminary Emancipation Proclamation, the final Emancipation Proclamation and the 13th Amendment.
"We hope to explore the movement toward freedom from the Emancipation Proclamation to the 13th Amendment," observes N.C. Freedom Monument Project Executive Director Dianne Pledger. "We will see how the ramifications of these seminal documents led to societal change and can contribute to civic engagement about the importance of freedom for all people today."
Western North Carolina was a hiding area for runaway slaves during the Civil War, and although not the setting of many military battles, an intense and violent guerilla war raged there. The end of the Civil War also meant the end of bushwhacker attacks in the region.
The traveling exhibit and the "Freedom Coming, Freedom for All" exhibition at the N.C. Museum of History are joint projects of the N.C. Museum of History and the N.C. Freedom Monument Project. The Division of State Historic Sites and the Division of State History Museums are within the N.C. Department of Cultural Resources.
For more information about the "Freedom for All" traveling exhibit, please contact Dianne Pledger at (919) 224-0480 or email firstname.lastname@example.org, or Fay Mitchell at (919) 807-7389, email email@example.com. For more information about the Mountain Gateway Museum, please call (828) 668-9259.
Major sponsors of the exhibit are PNC; North Carolina Humanities Council, a statewide nonprofit and affiliate of the National Endowment for the Humanities; Blue Cross and Blue Shield of North Carolina; North Carolina Mutual Life Insurance Company; Mechanics and Farmers Bank, News & Observer; Radio One, Spectacular Magazine; and Epiphany Public Relations of N.C., LLC. Additional support is provided by the N.C. Department of Cultural Resources, N.C. African American Heritage Commission and State Archives of North Carolina.